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Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant,

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see the inspiring contributions in response to such a meaningful and profound question: “What are you thankful for?”

December 2, 2014
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Bill Promoting Virtual Learning Signed into Law

For Release: Immediate, December 19, 2014

Senator Young's bill creates online learning advisory council to explore online and blended learning programs

ALBANY – Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law authored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, that will help bring more academic enrichment and opportunities to classrooms across the state.

December 19, 2014
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Senator Young and Assembly Member O'Donnell Call on Governor to Sign Legislation in Wake of Recent Subway Murder

For Release: Immediate, December 18, 2014

Bills Sent to the Governor That Would Require Stronger Public Protections and Better Treatment for Released Inmates with Mental Illness

ALBANY - In wake of the recent subway murder allegedly committed this November by a violent felon recently released from prison, Senator Catharine Young and Daniel O’Donnell are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign their bipartisan bill that was recently sent to his desk and would ensure mentally ill inmates are not freed without proper evaluation and treatment.

December 18, 2014
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Cuomo's Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing Will Perpetuate Rural Poverty

For Release: Immediate, December 17, 2014

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C- Olean) following todays announcement by Governor Cuomo:

Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban exploration of our natural gas resources is a punch in the gut to the Southern Tier. The governor has a moral obligation to explain to the people of our region how he will alleviate rural poverty. Families desperately need jobs and economic opportunity, not government handouts. Our young people are leaving in droves because they feel they don’t have a future here. Our rural communities are dying a slow, painful, poverty-stricken death and hope is scarce.

December 17, 2014
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U.S. Army Veteran Robert Henry Fuller Posthumously Honored for Service in World War II

For Release: Immediate, December 13, 2014

Nearly 25 Years After His Passing Cattaraugus County Veteran Honored with Awards Earned in Service

MACHIAS - Family and friends gathered this afternoon to recognize the outstanding military service of U.S. Army veteran Robert Henry Fuller, who has finally received the military decorations he earned defending our country.

During a ceremony at the Glenn A. Pratt, Jr. American Legion Post No. 1460 in Machias, Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) joined in presenting Private First Class Fuller’s family with the military medals he earned while serving overseas during World War II.

December 13, 2014
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Giving is Receiving this Holiday Season

As we gather with friends and family during the holiday season, it is important to remember those less fortunate in our communities. Many of our neighbors remain in difficult circumstances and rely upon the generosity and charity of others during financially trying times of the year. Fortunately, our region is blessed with a number of upstanding charitable organizations and individuals who work hard each day to assist community members in need.

December 12, 2014
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Regional Economic Development Council Awards Inject Over $6 Million into Local Economy

For Release: Immediate, December 11, 2014

Sen. Young applauds WNY Regional Economic Development Council for efforts to promote economic revitalization

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) applauded today’s announcement from the Regional Economic Development Council that more than $6 million will be injected into economic development projects across Livingston, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. Highlights from today’s announcement include $500,000 for the Livingston County Development Corporation to assist with renovation of mixed-use buildings across the county, $100,000 for Allegany County Community Opportunities and Rural Development (ACCORD) for sustainable employment training, $400,000 for Olean Business Institute, and $1,500,000 for the National Comedy Center in Jamestown.

December 11, 2014
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Senator Young Honored with Community Action Award from The Resource Center and TRC Foundation

For Release: Immediate, December 5, 2014

Senator Cathy Young was given the great honor of receiving the annual “Community Action Award” from The Resource Center and TRC Foundation in a special presentation held at their Dunkirk location yesterday afternoon.

“To be presented with this award from The Resource Center and TRC Foundation is an honor that I truly and profoundly appreciate. They do wonderful work serving our communities and providing the care and services that people with disabilities need and deserve. The real recognition goes to everyone at The Resource Center and TRC Foundation who work every day to help and support them,” said Senator Young.

December 5, 2014
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Cuba Memorial Hospital Receives $3.3 Million in Support from New York State

For Release: Immediate, December 4, 2014

Funding follows designation as a Critical Access Hospital

CUBA- Senator Catharine M. Young (R,I,C- Olean) announced great news for the region following Cuba Memorial Hospital’s completion of the hospital’s final mortgage payment. The mortgage payment comes as a result of the hospital receiving state support of just over $3.3 million under its designation as a Critical Access Hospital.

December 4, 2014
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Home Energy Assistance to Stay Warm this Winter

As temperatures drop this winter, many local residents may need heating assistance to stay warm during the cold months, especially seniors on fixed incomes.

You may know someone in need so I am hoping you can pass this information along.

Our communities are made strong by our many caring and devoted neighbors who look out for one another. With many of our family, friends, and neighbors working hard but still struggling to afford their utility bills, or retired and on a fixed income, it is important that they know help is available to meet this most basic need.

Seniors on fixed incomes whose finances are already stretched thin are among those most in need who may not be aware of their options.

December 3, 2014
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Senator Young and Assemblymember O'Donnell Call on Governor to Sign Legislation in Wake of Latest Subway Murder

For Release: Immediate, December 2, 2014

Bills Passed by Legislature This Year Would Require Stronger Public Protections and Better Treatment for Released Inmates with Mental Illness

ALBANY - In wake of yet another subway murder allegedly committed this November by a violent felon recently released from prison, Senator Catharine Young and Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign their bipartisan bill that would ensure mentally ill inmates are not freed without proper evaluation and treatment.

December 2, 2014
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Blue Star Mothers NY 4

The Blue Star Mothers’ Christmas Care Package Drive is collecting items for our devoted servicemen and women who are away from home and separated from family during the Christmas season.

All donations will go directly to active duty military men and women. Over the last year, the local Lake Erie Blue Star Mothers chapter has sent over 785 care packages to our courageous military personnel. The goal for this Christmas season alone is 600 care packages.

Here are some of the drop-off locations across Chautauqua County through December 2:

December 1, 2014
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Consumer Tips to Protect Your Identity

As the holiday shopping season gets underway, shoppers should be aware of threats to their identity and how they can keep personal information secure.

Here are five tips for protecting your identity, whether shopping online or in the store:

December 1, 2014
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Bill Promoting Broadband Expansion Signed into Law

Senator Young sponsored bill to speed up access to federal funds for broadband expansion

ALBANY – A bill recently signed into law will open more opportunities for broadband expansion in rural areas, a necessity for greater economic expansion, healthcare innovation, and educational investment.

Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, sponsored the bill. It improves the process that certain broadband providers, called Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs), go through to access federal loans designated for broadband expansion.

November 26, 2014
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Transportation Funding Secured by Senator Young for Allegany County

For Release: Immediate, November 24, 2014

Supplemental Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation Payment of $36,287 for Allegany County

ALBANY - Elderly, disabled, and other local residents who rely on efficient public transportation options can cheer the news announced by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that much needed relief for non-emergency Medicaid transportation systems is coming to Allegany County.

November 24, 2014
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Transportation Funding Secured by Senator Young for Chautauqua County

For Release: Immediate, November 24, 2014

Supplemental Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation Payment of $79,377 for Chautauqua County

ALBANY - Elderly, disabled, and other local residents who rely on efficient public transportation options can cheer the news announced by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that much needed relief for non-emergency Medicaid transportation systems is coming to Chautauqua County.

November 24, 2014
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Senator Young Presented with NYS Council for Exceptional Children's 2014 Excellence in Community Service Award

For Release: Immediate, November 21, 2014

ALBANY - The New York State Council for Exceptional Children (NYS CEC) has honored Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) with their 2014 “Excellence in Community Service Award.”

At their 61st annual conference in Syracuse, NYS CEC President Annmarie Urso, Ph.D., officially announced Senator Young as the honoree to be recognized with this year’s prestigious award.

November 21, 2014
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Rural Healthcare Accessibility

Senator Young celebrates National Rural Health Day

ALBANY— The knowledge that adequate healthcare is readily available can provide peace of mind. Yet, access to healthcare remains a challenge for many people in New York State, especially for those living in rural areas.

“Today is National Rural Health Day,” said Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. “On this day, recognizing the importance of healthcare in rural communities, we celebrate the caregivers and organizations throughout the state who provide preventative care, emergency medical services, long-term care, and other healthcare services to people in rural areas.”

November 20, 2014
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New Laws for Our Vets

This Veterans Day, let us remember our heroic servicemen and women who deserve our deepest respect, gratitude, and all of our support.

As your State Senator, standing up for our veterans is one of my greatest responsibilities and highest priorities.

One of my most important missions this year was addressing the disproportionately high unemployment rate for veterans. Our veterans are the most underutilized workforce in the country. Recent figures reveal that unemployment rates among post-9/11 disabled veterans are at about ten percent, significantly higher than the national average.

November 11, 2014
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Honoring Our Heroes and Veterans

As we approach Veterans Day, I urge you to take time to honor our nation’s heroes who have so valiantly served.

Our area is blessed to be home to some incredible men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction.

It is particularly important that we express our sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude to our World War II and Korean War veterans. Sadly, their ranks grow smaller with each passing year, which is why it’s so important that we thank them now.

On Senate TV earlier this year, I spoke about the many hometown heroes who served our country so honorably and talked about issues important to our veterans.

November 10, 2014
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